|Review by Lotidus||posted 10-04-2011 06:46 PM||4633 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I have noticed that more often the brand names of tool I have trusted over the years have slacked on the quality they produce. In particular the Stanley FatMax coping saw. I had extreme faith in this tool at first mostly because of the Stanley name. I have owned the tool for about a year and used at most four to five times so it was in relatively new condition. I was using the tool to cut out a curved section on a chair leg. The stock was about 2” thick. I got through the first two legs and noticed the handle was start to bend to one side. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I got halfway through the third leg and the blade snapped. I have snapped coping saw blades before no biggy that’s why they sell them in packs of five or more. That’s my logic on it anyway. I quickly changed out the blade and was back to work. I finished the third leg and was onto the fourth. I had cut out the first curve and was about an inch from finishing the cut and the handle broke off of the coping saw. The handle was attached by a bolt with a slotted head that holds the blade. The bolt had snapped midpoint leaving half of the bolt in the handle. The bolt screwed into the handle allowing one to tighten the blade tension. The metal used for the bolt appeared to be nickel or some other soft metal definitely not a good tool grade steel. This is the kind of quality I have noticed from Stanley since they have put more of their manufacturing into the hands of China. Yes the made in stamp on the tool I found after the fact was ” Made In China”. That’s not even the most disappointing part of it. When I bought this tool I had a choice to buy a cheaper version for half the price but I put faith in the Stanley name as I had so many time in the past I think next time I’ll just buy the cheap version since they probably both will be made in the same Chinese sweat shop anyway. This is what happens when corporate greed is put ahead of a tradition of quality. Greed + cheap materials + poor construction=broken coping saw and a dissatisfied customer.